he's raised taxes on middle-income americans. >> reporter: suddenly, romney was saying the president hasn't raised taxes. >> he has one, new idea. one thing he did not do in his first four years. he said he's going to do in the next four years, which is to raise taxes. >> reporter: romney's comments made immediate headlines that the president has not raised income tax rates in his first term. he is proposing raising rates on families making $250,000 more or. the romney campaign, saying that's what he was talking about. and governor romney trying to manage expectations about his big moment. one week from tonight, the first debate with the president. >> the president is an eloquent speaker. >> reporter: his wife, ann, talking about the last time romney ran. >> four years ago, i made a videotape. and i said, mitt, this is for you, sweetheart. i'm never doing this again. and he looked at it. and he said, you know, ann, you say that after every pregnancy.